The People Of God

1 Peter 2:9-10–But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

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God has chosen us to serve as priests in this world.  As a royal priesthood we have a ministry to perform.  We are to stand before mankind on behalf of God.  We have a message to proclaim to mankind.  We have the word of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation.  We are to encourage others to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.  We are also to stand before God on behalf of our fellow man.  That is we are to pray for them.  We are to live a holy life.  It is written, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).  We are a peculiar people, meaning different and separated.  It means that we are not to be conformed to the world but have been and are to continue to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  We are to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).  We are to show forth the praises of Him by word and by our life.

This is a great responsibility and seems like an impossible task.  God has told us, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).  That is why Jesus told the disciples, “Ye are witnesses of these things.  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:48-49).  Our life and ministry is to be done in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.